Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:19 (KJV)
Least commandments – I assume you know which commandments are the two greatest – love God, and love your neighbor. But do you know which ones are the least? If not, it might surprise you that Yeshua places an importance on the keeping even the least of them. Continue reading “It’s Not About Salvation”
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Matthew 5:39 (KJV)
Right – Why does Yeshua indicate the right cheek? Why not the left? Or why even specify one cheek over the other? This verse from Yeshua’s Sermon on the Mount paved the way for non-violent resistance, but to what level? Does this restrict self-defense, or limit our ability to protect loved ones from harm? Continue reading “The Right Cheek”
The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?
Matthew 19:3 (KJV)
Tempting – Since when did asking a question become tempting someone? How was Yeshua tempted in this scenario? Well without any study into the context of the situation and times, we might jump to the conclusion that they were Pharisees, and the Pharisees were always tempting Him, so I’m sure they were trying to ensnare Yeshua with their question. Continue reading “A Tempting Question”
And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Matthew 2:23 (KJV)
Nazareth – So Yeshua fulfilled a prophecy that He would be called a Nazarene by moving to the city of Nazareth. Makes sense, right? Pretty straightforward. But there’s just one problem. There’s no such prophecy that the Messiah would come from Nazareth. Continue reading “The Nazarene”
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Matthew 12:31 (KJV)
Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost – It’s the one unforgivable sin, right? But what does it actually mean? There’s all sorts of ideas out there from just verbally swearing against it, to not accepting it. And the consensus seems to be that if you do this thing once, you’re out of luck and will be judged without forgiveness. Continue reading “Blasphemy of the Spirit”
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:19 (KJV)
In the name of – Names are a big deal in the Hebrew culture during Biblical times. Continue reading “In the Name of”
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
Matthew 23:8 (KJV)
Rabbi – I just listened to short video where a pastor of a church makes the claim that Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of the bestseller The Harbinger, is a false teacher because he uses the title ‘Rabbi’. The pastor used this verse from Matthew 23 as the crux of his argument. Now while I can understand the arguments of some that Rabbi Cahn might be false, is this really Yeshua’s point in the verse above? Continue reading “Rabbi”
And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Matthew 17:16 (KJV)
Cure – In the book Jehuda Halevi by Isaak Heinemann, an interesting metaphor is made describing those men, who meaning to do good, set out to do it on their own terms and not necessarily according to divine ordinances. In a conversation between the Khazari and a Rabbi, the Rabbi is explaining how the root of belief is the same as the root of unbelief. He goes on to describe the scene at Mt Sinai and the golden calf, or rather, those involved with the proposal of building the golden calf. Continue reading “Ineffective Prescriptions”
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
Matthew 7:4 (NASB)
Speck, log – There’s an interesting relationship here. At first we instantly notice that a speck is tiny and the log, or beam, is quite large. But do we derive a teaching upon the size alone? Continue reading “Judging Others”
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41 (KJV)
Spirit/flesh – Have you noticed that the battle is always between the spirit and the flesh? It’s never between the soul and the flesh. Stop and think about that a bit. We always think of the soul as this innocent ‘true form’ of who we are, and that it battles our fleshly shell which is prone to sin. This way of thinking is deeply rooted in Hellenism stemming from the Greek philosopher, Plato. But that’s not what Yeshua says here is it? Yeshua was Hebrew, so He thought like a Hebrew, not as a Greek philosopher. The battle according to Yeshua is between the spirit and the flesh. Continue reading “The Spirit vs. The Flesh”